Holyrood overwhelmingly votes to remain in European Union

Fiona Hyslop

The Scottish government has welcomed the consensus reached by the Scottish Parliament to back the campaign for Scotland and the UK to remain part of the EU.

The outcome, 106 in favour to 8 against, reaffirmed a commitment across the chamber to ensure the EU focuses on what matters to the people of Scotland.

Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “The EU is founded on the principles of solidarity and mutual support. It is much more than a simple trade association. It is based on the principles of strengthening peace, security, justice and prosperity for all.

“Our place in the EU has guarantees workers in Scotland employment rights such as maternity leave, and has helped our businesses to innovate, grow and flourish.

“For Scottish businesses, it’s an opportunity to operate within the world’s largest trading area of 500 million consumers. 42 per cent of Scotland’s international exports, worth around £11.6 billion in 2014, are destined for the EU.”

She added: “Migration from the EU also benefits the communities, businesses and people of Scotland helping meet crucial skills gaps in Scotland’s economy. In my own portfolio, the tourism industry needs access to European workers.

“What today’s debate demonstrated is that there are a huge number of benefits to EU’s membership. As the referendum campaign enters its final weeks, it is important to ensure that voters are presented with reassured and rational arguments about our future relationship with the EU.”

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